May 06, 2021 at 04:00AM
In the UK alone 350,000 tonnes of clothing goes into landfills every single year, and this number is impacted by long-standing behaviours from both retailers and consumers. Thirty per cent of clothing manufactured is never sold, and 30% of clothing is returned and then often discarded. There are a number of brands and businesses rethinking how we consume clothes in order to make some positive change, from the boom in rental to the rise in the made-to-order model.
We see it as an important part of our role as fashion editors to introduce our readers to the brands that are questioning how and why we shop, and show that things can be done a little differently. My colleague Hannah McGhee, the Vice President of Who What Wear UK, recently told me about her recent discovery in this space. This Is Unfolded is a company trying to address the industry’s waste issue, while still offering beautiful clothes you can treasure.
It creates curated 10-piece collections which are designed based on direct requests and feedback from its community. Each collection is created as a capsule with a focus on timeless design. The second edit just launched and includes summer staples, such as a breton top, navy jumpsuit and printed midi dress, for example. Unfolded only then begins manufacturing once orders have been placed, so it is based on actual demand, ensuring product doesn’t end up in the landfill. Of course sustainability requires careful consideration across all aspects of a business. Unfolded pays close attention to its materials, such as using Eco Liva Sustainable Viscose, and for every order donates to the non-profit organization Pratham, which gives millions of children in India access to education.
“Shopping through Unfolded was a completely new experience for me,” Hannah told me. “It had the ease and simplicity you see through the big fashion giants but with their sustainable model and ethical practices, I found it an entirely refreshing way to shop. What blew me away is the quality of these items and their versatility. They have been made with so much care and fit so well I know that they will become key wardrobe forever-staples and not disappointing one-hit wonders that I’ll tire of quickly.”
“The collections have been crafted thoughtfully and I built a capsule collection that is perfect for a staycation, short holiday or summers spent at home. I opted for a white blouse with a pretty ruffled neckline, striped top and a navy midi dress. My order took a few weeks to arrive, but I actually loved keeping track of the stages through the email updates and seeing what production milestone my order was at. I enjoyed the suspense and could justify the wait to be a part of this slow fashion movement. Oh and it’s affordable for the quality too, as you can get two pieces starting from £48.”
The second collection went live this week, and you can pick from a number of classic summer items. It’s also worth noting that the sizes currently run from a size 8 to a size 24. Keep scrolling to see some of the items we love the most from this week’s drop.
Next up, how slow fashion is going to impact how we get dressed.